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BANGOR’S MATT DUNBABIN

NAMED 2015 AUSTRALIAN FARMER OF THE YEAR

TASMANIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2015

Seventh generation Tasmanian farmer Matt Dunbabin has been named 2015 Australian Farmer of the Year at the sixth annual Australian Farmer of the Year Awards, hosted by Kondinin Group and ABC Rural. Matt also collected Diversification Farmer of the Year at the Sydney awards ceremony last night.

Matt is a seventh generation Tasmanian farmer at the Bangor property at Dunalley in south east Tasmania, where his family have farmed since 1890. He lives with his wife Vanessa and three children on the 6200 hectare property with enterprises including a superfine merino flock for fine wool production, prime lambs and beef cattle for meat, cropping, and a cool climate vineyard. 

In 2014, Bangor diversified into food and wine tourism when they partnered with Tom and Alice Gray of Fulham Aquaculture, to open the Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed. ‘The Shed’ offers Bangor’s wine, Fulham’s fresh Tasmanian oysters, and a range of local Tasmanian produce, showcasing stories behind the people and produce of the local region.

“With such a range of outstanding farmers at last night’s awards ceremony, it was an honour to be recognised for what we do. This award is for the whole Bangor team.” said a humbled Matt of his award recognition. “I think all farmers are innovative. Farming is both challenging and exciting, and what Australian farmers do well, is play to the strengths of their farming systems to produce outstanding food and fibre.”

Tasmania punched above its weight at the awards, taking out four of the 10 categories. Other winners included honey producer Lindsay Bourke named Biosecurity Farmer of the Year and Brian and Michele Lawrence, claiming Dairy Farmer of the Year title.

“Tasmania is a wonderful place to farm, with a lot of optimism in the industry and a lot of farmers doing great things down here,” added Matt who was one of 26 finalists nominated in nine categories for the 2015 awards. 

For interview contact: Matt Dunbabin , Bangor, Dunalley, Tasmania Ph: 0438 535 788 www.bangor.com.au

 

Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed recognised for excellence

june 28th 2015

The Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed was honoured last night at the 5th Seafood Industry Awards, being named the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council’s 2015 Small Business Enterprise. 

The Awards recognise excellence in the state’s vibrant seafood industry. The Small Business Enterprise Award is given to a business that has demonstrated growth, innovation, excellence in product, service and marketing, and that has contributed substantially towards a positive future for the seafood industry.

The Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed was launched in December 2014, a partnership between two farming families, in the wake of the devastating Dunalley bushfires. The thriving business, owned by Tom and Alice Gray and Matt and Vanessa Dunbabin, now employs eleven part-time and one full-time staff. 

The menu’s hero is the Pacific oyster. Plucked straight from the ocean each morning, just 1 km from the restaurant tables, the oysters are served in a variety of traditional and innovative ways.

Oysters are complemented by abalone, rarely seen on restaurant menus, sautéed in garlic butter, mussels in a Portuguese-style tomato and charred capsicum broth or the venues own Tasmanian apple cider broth, and Cajun hot smoked salmon. 

Oyster Farmer Tom Gray said the award was a great honour particularly given the incredible quality of seafood and service being delivered around the state.

“I have been growing oysters for other people’s restaurants for many years. It is really satisfying to serve them myself and see them being enjoyed and appreciated,” said Mr Gray.   

The Awards showcase the Tasmanian seafood industry, its value to the State economy, its professionalism and its commitment to supplying some of the finest seafood in the world to local, national and international markets.

“The Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed is proud to be doing just that”. 

June 28, 2015 , Contact: Tom Gray 0419 398 640

 

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Matt Dunbabin with his vines, and Tom Gray with his oysters.

Matt Dunbabin with his vines, and Tom Gray with his oysters.

The Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed is operated by Matt and Vanessa Dunbabin of Bangor. Click below for the contact details for each of them, and a list of who is the best person to speak to about each facet of the business. For general enquiries call: 03 62 535 558

Barrels at Wine Making Tasmania, our wines, and our vineyard.

Barrels at Wine Making Tasmania, our wines, and our vineyard.

There is information throughout this website on Bangor Wines. To download information on our wine, the stories behind the wine labels and tasting notes as a word document, click below.

A oyster shucked straight from the sub tidal lease, and farm hands working on the inter tidal lease.

A oyster shucked straight from the sub tidal lease, and farm hands working on the inter tidal lease.

In addition to the information in the Oyster section of this web site are the below notes on Fulham Aquaculture, and how the Gray family started their oyster farm.

Bangor's Pinot Noir grapes, and Lease 170, Tom's main subtidal oyster lease.

Bangor's Pinot Noir grapes, and Lease 170, Tom's main subtidal oyster lease.

We invited our customers to give us feedback on the Shed, our products and their experience. This is what they said...

Our freshly shucked oysters, abalone and oyster tasting plates and our Bangor beef pie, served with homemade relish.

Our freshly shucked oysters, abalone and oyster tasting plates and our Bangor beef pie, served with homemade relish.

Click below to see our full menu, and also some additional notes on the providence of our delicious pies and abalone.

Three Farms Cider, and our Mussels in cider with bacon and thyme.

Three Farms Cider, and our Mussels in cider with bacon and thyme.

Three Farms Cider is a crisp alcoholic apple cider made especially for our customers at the Bangor Shed. For more information about our cider click below.